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July 28, 2014
06:43 EDTVLKAY, AUDVFAudi decreases spare-part costs in China amid investigation, Reuters says
Volkswagen's (VLKAY) premium brand Audi (AUDVF) said it plans to reduce spare-part costs in China as worldwide carmakers rush to amend their pricing goals after the National Development and Reform Commission in China started investigating the vehicle industry, according to Reuters, citing comments in an emailed statement from Audi. The NDRC is looking into the industry amid domestic media allegations that foreign car companies, using a monopolistic market position, are charging Chinese clients too much on products and extra parts. Reference Link
News For AUDVF;VLKAY From The Last 14 Days
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August 28, 2015
06:17 EDTAUDVFGerman car makers take hit in China, WSJ reports
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August 27, 2015
08:16 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen plans to invest roughly $340M in South Africa, Bloomberg reports
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August 26, 2015
18:40 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen may export Russian vehicles amid low demand, Reuters says
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16:26 EDTVLKAYMajor automakers sued over allegedly 'deadly' keyless technology, Reuters says
A number of automakers have been named in a lawsuit alleging that keyless ignition technology can lead to "deadly" results due to carbon monoxide poisoning from cars left running under the belief that engines will automatically switch off, reports Reuters. Defendants include General Motors (GM), Ford (F), Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Honda (HMC), Hyundai (HYMLF), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM), Volkswagen (VLKAY), BMW (BAMXY), and Daimler's (DDAIF) Mercedes Benz, said Reuters. According to the plaintiffs, the carmakers had "actual knowledge" of the so-called risks and could have prevented 13 deaths and numerous injuries. Reference Link
13:42 EDTVLKAYTrueCar says 'on plan' to hit 17.2M U.S. vehicle forecast for 2015
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13:19 EDTVLKAYTrueCar says daily auto sales pace up 0.9% for August, with 17.4M SAAR
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09:04 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen's petition against Marathon Patent Group denied by USPTO
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08:50 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen's petition against Marathon Patent Group denied by USPTO
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August 25, 2015
14:27 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen delivers 792K vehicles in July
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06:44 EDTAUDVFArcelorMittal finds success in Northern France plant, WSJ reports
ArcelorMittal (MT) has found improbable success investing heavily in Europe, particularly in rust belt Northern France, the Wall Street Journal reports. The company's most profitable business unit is located in Northern France, and the European Union is still the globe's most prestigious automotive market, where companies such as Audi (AUDVF) and BMW (BAMXY) make nearly a trillion dollars worth of cars a year, the report says, meaning higher demand for locally produced steel. Reference Link
August 23, 2015
18:23 EDTVLKAYGM, Volkswagen slow production at Chinese factories, WSJ says
Auto manufacturers including General Motors (GM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY) appear to be running their Chinese factories at less than maximum capacity for the first time, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing industry data. The numbers suggest that a "bumpier ride" may be in store for multinationals that counted on Chinese demand, said the report. "The situation seems worse than that of 2008," remarked an engineer working at GM's Shanghai plant. Reference Link
August 19, 2015
18:40 EDTVLKAY, AUDVFAudi electric SUV entering production in 2018 with 310 mile range
Volkswagen's (VLKAY) Audi (AUDVF) released additional details on its forthcoming "e-tron Quattro" electric SUV. The company said "the latest battery technology" will provide a range of more than 310 miles, adding that the SUV will be "in series production from 2018." In an August 13 press release, the company said it will be partnering with LG Chem and Samsung (SSNLF) SDI on batteries for the vehicle. Note that on August 5, Tesla (TSLA) stated that its Model X crossover utility vehicle remains on track for a late Q3 launch. Reference Link
August 17, 2015
18:20 EDTVLKAYRegulators question Volkswagen over airbag rupture, Reuters says
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has requested information from Volkswagen (VLKAY) and Takata (TKTDY) over a previously-reported incident involving the rupture of a side air bag, Reuters reported. Volkswagen has not yet recalled any vehicles in connection with Takata's allegedly faulty air bags, the report noted. A Takata spokesperson said, "We believe [the Volkswagen incident] is unrelated to the previous recalls, which the extensive data suggests were a result of aging and long-term exposure to heat and high humidity." Reference Link

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